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Nats 2, Mets 1; Detwiler Gets First MLB Win

This was Ross Detwiler's final chance. He took the mound Monday against the Mets with an 0-6 record, winless in 12 starts. Frankly, he was sick of the losing and no-decisions. Among the 165 starters big leaguers who'd made at least 12 starts this season, entering Monday, only one -- Detwiler -- remained winless.

He's winless no longer. Detwiler busted the streak in Monday's 2-1 victory against the Mets, pitching six innings, allowing just one run, and capping the last start of his rookie season with the one accomplishment he's long anticipated.

Ahh, this is how it feels.

The post-game interview.

The shaving cream pie in the face.

The burning sensation.

The kudos.

"It has to feel good to get that first one, and he earned it," Jim Riggleman said.

"You could kind of see it in his eyes that he really wanted it," Mike Morse said.

"It feels great," Detwiler admitted. "It kind of takes some pressure off of myself. It's one for the record books."

September hasn't given the Nats much to remember, but Detwiler's three starts (16-2/3 IP, 5 BB, 9 K, 2.70 ERA) might top the list. Again on Monday night, the 23-year-old showed little resemblance to the inconsistent starter of June and July. He retired eight of the first nine. The Mets managed three hits, all doubles, through the first four innings, but each came with two outs. Even after the Mets tied the game in the sixth, Detwiler got two consecutive outs, stranding runners on second and third.

Oh, and then everything lined up just right to give the rookie the victory.

Mike Morse knocked a go-ahead homer to right-center in the bottom of the sixth. (Morse, by the way, has now homered in three consecutive games.)

Jason Bergmann pitched two scoreless, holding the 2-1 lead.

And then Mike MacDougal, rebounding from the previous day's mess, retired the side in the ninth on 11 pitches -- three ground balls.

"We'd been a little sloppy the last few days, and we went out and played a clean game," Ryan Zimmerman said.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 28, 2009; 10:44 PM ET
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Woohoo! So the Pirates' rout of the Dodgers tonight allowed us to clinch the Bryce Harper sweepstakes! I hear Boras is already shopping for a new yacht...

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 28, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

After watching the interview of Mike Morse with Johnny and Ray, he has to have a new nickname.....CHA CHA. If you haven't seen it, watch the interview on

Posted by: cokedispatch | September 28, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

How about Samba or ... rumba?

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I liked what I saw of Ian Desmond, both at SS (contributing to seven 6-3 outs -- including the last two) as well as batting (2-for-4 with a single, a triple that if the wind had been blowing the other way woulda been a homer and a nice sac bunt).

I say that is because I remember watching him on MASN a couple years ago playing in Hawaii Winter Ball and not being very impressed.

Posted by: Juan-John | September 28, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

dancing with the stars is on tonight ... maybe Mike Morse will be next?

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"Woohoo! So the Pirates' rout of the Dodgers tonight allowed us to clinch the Bryce Harper sweepstakes!"

Not so fast... The Pirates have 7 games left so they can still lose 103.

The Nats have clinched a tie for the most losses, so it's almost settled.

Posted by: zadok1 | September 29, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

anyone seen the latest elias rankings? meat hook is rated higher than kearnsy...sounds about right

Posted by: formerlylove1 | September 29, 2009 2:04 AM | Report abuse

To my pals on this board, I had a great time in the President's Club Section tonight! Wow, what a win!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | September 29, 2009 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Tiebreaker goes to the team with the worst record the previous year. That would be us so we have clinched the 1st pick for a second consecutive year.

Posted by: smirkman | September 29, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

thepostischeap: Woohoo! So the Pirates' rout of the Dodgers tonight allowed us to clinch the Bryce Harper sweepstakes!
Heh. Someone needs to talk with that team up in Baltimore. Why bother losing eleven straight going into the final week of the season if you're going to play well enough before that to kill your chances of getting the number 1? If you're going to be a bad team, you really need to stink up the joint. That Baltimore team is just bad enough to be lousy, but not lousy enough to get better.

If that makes sense...

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 29, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Gil, they *do* let other teams pick, too. Just sayin.

And Chico is just NewPostin.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 29, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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